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Glimpses into the creative side of teenage minds were on display last Wednesday evening as Cindi Koll's Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) group staged a Trade Show at Maasconi's Char and Bar in Verndale. The three-year-old innovative business class draws students from a variety of area communities - including Wadena, Deer Creek, Staples, Bluffton and Verndale.
A moving project by Ehrlichmann Structural Movers took the former Fastenal building in Wadena to a new but temporary site last Wednesday, May 9, just west of its former home. The Clarissa moving firm took the 5,000-square foot, 80-ton steel structure off its foundation to make way for work by Jake Houle Excavating of Little Falls. Randy Jonas, the owner of Ehrlichmann Movers, anticipates moving the building to its new home within the next two weeks.
Perham's Michael Brasel set the winning pace in the third annual No Spandex Necessary Triathlon Saturday morning in Wadena. The muscular 42-year-old notched a time of 53:20. Runner-up honors went to Adam Krog of Clearbrook with a 56:09. Rounding out the top five finishers were Wadena's Jeremy Moonen, with a 57:21; Baxter's Robert Gawboy, with a 57:21 and Wadena's David Sundheim, with a 59:21. The best time turned in by a female was a 1:01.47 by defending champion Laura Moonen, who practices medicine as Dr. Laura DuChene.
Two people suffered minor injuries occurred at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday in a two-vehicle collision at Fourth Street SE in Perham. Gregory Blake Wiese, 63, of North St. Paul was traveling north on Second Ave. SE in a Ford Escape crossover when he failed to obey a yield sign and struck a Chevrolet Equinox crossover driven by Heather Rose Denbrook, 22, of Perham as it traveled east on Fourth Street SE. The vehicle Wiese was driving rolled onto its passenger side. Wiese and her two year old son were the injured parties.
The Los Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant in Perham has been closed until further notice just six days after the Los Jalapenos in Wadena was closed.
The Los Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant in Wadena has closed according to building owner Farhan (Frank) Qureshi. Qureshi, who lives in Motley, has owned the building where the restaurant is located on Highway 10 near the Wadena County Fairgrounds, for seven years. According to Qureshi, the manager of the Wadena restaurant, Yobani Melchor, was unable to keep the restaurant open because of family issues. Melchor actually left Wadena March 27. "Business was good, everything was going smooth. He (Melchor) ran it for seven years but that is it, that's all I know," Qureshi said.
Margy Harp was a teenager at a basketball game in Cloquet when a classmate handed her a bracelet and a mystery that has gone unsolved for more than 40 years. The bracelet was lost property which he had found under the bleachers during the game. "There are 20 charms on the bracelet," Harp said. "This charm bracelet could have great sentimental value for someone." Now, four decades later, Harp would like to find the rightful owner, and the bracelet has furnished her with several clues.
The Wadena County Board of Commissioners were introduced to Katie Bobich Tuesday, the new director of the West Central Economic Development Alliance. Bobich succeeds Mark Hanson as director of the non-profit group which works at creating economic opportunities in an area that includes the counties of Becker, Otter Tail, Douglas, Todd, Morrison, Hubbard, Crow Wing, Cass and Wadena. "I'm coming to the alliance feeling a bit like a horse in the starting gate," Bobich said. "I'm full of energy, and I'm ready to run the race."
There is a plan cooking to bring a bigger food cooperative business to Wadena. A crowd estimated at 150 people turned up April 23 at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center. The board of Down Home Foods was hosting the event, which was geared toward securing co-op memberships. "It went overwhelmingly well," Board Member Brittany Springer said. The co-op's board of directors still has a lot on their plate, but it is an exciting time for Wadena business.
If Wadena's downtown commercial district has the distinction of being added to the National Register of Historic Places in the future much of the credit will have to go to a route DenisGardner chose to follow four years ago. Gardner was driving to his home in Deer River after being invited to Deer Creek to have a look at an old fire station. His route took him into Wadena. As he drove up Jefferson Street his historian's eye was captured by the town's commercial district, which runs for several blocks on Jefferson Street.